Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

You know when you feel so successful because you wake up Monday morning, make it to your 7:40 appointment on time, survive getting 57 vials of blood drawn, and then even manage to get your car’s oil changed? All before 10 am?

And you tweet 15 times about HOW ADULT you are and now you’re killing Monday?

And then you go home, change into your PJs, and sleep until you have to pick your kids up from school?

My life, yesterday.

Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

Thankfully, I had this Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese in the fridge so I didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner.

I don’t know what possessed me to make this. The whole time I was cooking it, I was thinking, “The kids are never going to eat this.”

“Tomatoes? NOPE. Green chiles? NOPE.”

They loved it! Asked for more. Yesterday I gave them the option between this and Trader Joe’s orange chicken and they picked this!

Seriously! Tomatoes and all!

(Also, baseball’s back! If you’re a Braves fan, tweet with me! Better yet, snap me! Username: amandalivesay)

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Pineapple Blackberry Mojitos - the BEST summer cocktail recipe! Pineapple, blackberries, and mint are crushed and then mixed with rum, lime juice, and sparkling water!

It is really Monday again?

How does this keep happening to us?

Ugggghhhh.

I hope you had a relaxing and/or exciting weekend and hopefully Monday won’t be too bad to you. But just in case, I made us some Blackberry Pineapple Mojitos.

Pineapple Blackberry Mojitos - the BEST summer cocktail recipe! Pineapple, blackberries, and mint are crushed and then mixed with rum, lime juice, and sparkling water!

These are really, really easy to make. You just use the handle of a wooden spoon to mash a bunch of blackberries, pineapple, and mint together and then dump in some rum, lime juice, and sparkling water. Throw some ice in and top it with a bunch of mint so it looks fancy. Done.

It’s going to become your official summer drink!

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Weekly Family Menu Plan - 5 weeknight dinners, a weekend breakfast, and a yummy dessert!

Happy weekend!

Guys, I can’t even believe it’s April. This year has flown by and has been so absolutely crazy – I just need things to slow down a little bit. Aaaaand I still haven’t done my taxes.

Send help.

And doughnuts.

This week’s family menu plan is full of fun recipes. And that cake?! I can’t even wait to make it.

And for the first time, we’ve got a printable grocery list! Just print that out and head to the store! Everything is organized by category so it should make life a little bit easier.

For more weekly family menu plans, check out the archives!

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Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies - easy and so cute! These cookies are soft and delicious.

Happy almost weekend! Let’s celebrate with sprinkles!

You guys, I’m obsessed with Funfetti right now. I can’t get enough. I’ve made cookies, cupcakes, bars, everything in the past few weeks. The sprinkles just make me so happy!

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies - easy and so cute! These cookies are soft and delicious.

I stock up on all my favorite Pillsbury cake mixes and frosting every time I’m at Walmart. They’re perfect to have in your pantry for quick afterschool treats that the kids can help make! Mine especially love decorating with sprinkles which is why I chose to use Funfetti for these cookies. I did the baking, they did the frosting and sprinkling!

It was the perfect way to #MixUpAMoment after a long day at school!

These cookies couldn’t be simpler. You just need the Pillsbury Funfetti cake mix, oil, and eggs! And the Pillsbury Funfetti frosting, of course. They bake for less than 10 minutes and then you can decorate them however you like!

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies - easy and so cute! These cookies are soft and delicious.

They are so delicious and so fun to look at it! I can’t get enough.

If you’re obsessed with Funfetti like me, you have to try them!

I’ll be sharing a cute way to jazz up Pillsbury brownie mixes later this month so make sure you check back for that!

And before you head to Walmart to stock up on Pillsbury mixes, be sure to download the Ibotta app to save $.75 on 3 Pillsbury baking products! And check out Pillsbury’s Pinterest page to discover more fabulous ways to use Pillsbury cake mixes and frostings!

Funfetti Cake Mix Cookies - easy and so cute! These cookies are soft and delicious.

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Pineapple Salsa - perfect on tacos, burritos, or just with tortilla chips! Really easy and really delicious!

Happy Thursday!

We’ve almost made it through the week, guys! We’re almost done!

Let’s make tacos and put Pineapple Salsa on them.

Taco Thursday could be a thing, right?

Also, do you want to talk about how I’ve had Taco Bell breakfast TWICE this week? It’s a problem. I won’t even snapchat it (follow me!: amandalivesay) because I’m so ashamed of myself.

Pineapple Salsa - perfect on tacos, burritos, or just with tortilla chips! Really easy and really delicious!

Anyway.

I made this carnitas recipe earlier in the week and have been serving it on corn tortillas with a ton of pineapple salsa on top and it is so beyond perfect.

If you’ve never made salsa, it’s so easy you won’t even believe this. You don’t even have to find your blender for this one.

It’s just fresh pineapple, cilantro, red onion, and jalapeno tossed with fresh lime juice and a tiny bit of salt. You can throw it together in just a few minutes. Serve it with tortilla chips, put it on tacos, make burrito bowls, do whatever! It will be delicious with pretty much anything.

Unrelated: who’s your Survivor winner pick? Mine is Cydney. I almost always choose a woman (last season being the exception – I love Fishbach!) and I hope to be Cydney when I grow up.

Pineapple Salsa - perfect on tacos, burritos, or just with tortilla chips! Really easy and really delicious!

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